Published: 01/12/2024Last Updated: 01/12/2024Reviewed By: Dr. Melissa Boudin, PsyD

Find a Therapist for OCD

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition defined by intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors (compulsions). People with OCD experience intense anxiety about their obsessions and try to alleviate the distress by engaging in compulsive behaviors.

Treating OCD

OCD treatment can include therapy, medication, or a combination of the two. Both therapy and medication can effectively reduce symptoms and improve the quality of life for those dealing with this disorder.

Therapy for OCD

The therapy technique most commonly used to treat OCD is exposure and response prevention (ERP). ERP therapy helps reduce OCD symptoms by repeatedly exposing people to anxiety triggers while teaching them to resist urges to engage in compulsive behaviors.

Other types of therapy that may be used for specific individuals or situations include habit reversal training, mindfulness-based CBT, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

It’s not uncommon to pair therapy with OCD medication as part of treatment. Medication for OCD is typically prescribed by a psychiatrist or primary care physician.

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